gantry

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noun gan·try \ˈgan-trē\

Definition of gantry

plural

gantries

  1. 1 :  a frame for supporting barrels

  2. 2 :  a frame structure raised on side supports so as to span over or around something: such asa :  a platform made to carry a traveling crane and supported by towers or side frames running on parallel tracks; also :  a movable structure with platforms at different levels used for erecting and servicing rockets before launchingb :  a structure spanning several railroad tracks and displaying signals for each

Origin and Etymology of gantry

Middle English gauntree, reshaping (perhaps conformed to tre 1tree) of ganter, borrowed from Anglo-French *ganter (Old French —Picard— gantier, Old French chantier), going back to Latin cantērius, canthērius “horse of poor quality, rafter, prop for vines,” akin to Greek kanthḗlia “panniers,” (ónos) kanthḗlios “pack ass,” both loanwords from an undetermined Mediterranean language


First Known Use: 15th century


GANTRY Defined for Kids

gantry

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noun gan·try \ˈgan-trē\

Definition of gantry for Students

plural

gantries

  1. 1 :  a structure over railroad tracks for holding signals

  2. 2 :  a movable structure for preparing a rocket for launching

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